Wasn’t corporate control of a city considered science fiction just 25 years ago?no

Author: March 11, 2011 7:48 am

Michigan- Everyone knows RoboCop, the ultra violent (for the time) science fiction movie with the heavy handed theme of corporate control over city level government.  Not just corporate influence but direct legal control.  Totally ridiculous, of course.

Except it’s not anymore.  Meet The EMF or “Emergency Financial Manager” (No I do not know why the acronym is not EFM).  The EMF is to have extraordinary powers.  Powers that are, dare I say it, dictatorial in nature:

“Those powers include the ability to nullify collective bargained agreements, imposition of new agreements for those bargaining units which will have effect for as much as five years after the EMF leaves office and the ability for the manager to dissolve local governing bodies of schools and cities. The EMF would also have the power to eliminate any local ordinance or law he or she decides to eliminate.”

Essentially, the EMF can, without recourse, fire elected officials, abolish collective bargain rights, strip a township of its identity and do away with any law that does not fit with the EMF’s agenda.  The EMF who, coincidentally, will be appointed by the state’s treasurer (who will, no doubt, seek absolutely no input from the Governor on the selection) and is only answerable to the Republican controlled legislature.

Seriously, why not just grow the old-time villain handlebar mustache and stop pretending you’re “doing it for the people”?

Follow up question:  If Obama “forcing” people to get health care insurance was tyrannical overreach, what the hell is this?

Read the full story here:

http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/03/09/union-busting-michigan-style/

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  • I looked at this post almost solely because I saw a picture of Midgar, and I am a giant FFVII nerd.

    Pretty crazy about the other stuff too. . .

  • Johnothan Rears

    This does not really surprise anyone does it? Just remember all systems eventually fall. Usually nepotism sets in heavy and then it is not long before the fall. So, how long does the USA have? I predict not much longer unless we all (or many or us anyway) do something to get us back on track. We are supposed to lead and inspire the world. Lately, we have been the big bullies that we used to fight against. We shall see how it turns out. At least, I have lived during some of the best of times this country has had. I am now old enough to start taking action since fear and the fear of death are far behind me now. My time will come soon enough. We all need to stand up and say with one voice (and be ready to back that voice up in action) Enough is Enough!

    • bluebluesdancer

      I am of the same age-group and I agree… How is it possible that We The People even allow things like this to come into being??? “Representatives” that propose this kind of repressive change are obviously so far outside the concept of a democracy that they shouldn’t be allowed to keep their jobs, but unless we stand up to them and make that clear we have no hope!

      • Michael Schore

        This is what happens when the populace listens to Fux News and is tied to their own social agenda they are willing to vote for anyone who rattles their chains. How utterly sad that it has come to this!

        My question is why haven’t the citizens of this community revolted against their corporate masters. I know of nothing in their state or federal constitution that allows this to happen. It is time to take to the streets in violent protest. It will be the only thing that gets anyones attention or action.

  • We can call this latest GOP overreach the ‘Robocop Bill

  • There will be blood.

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